Firewire 800, 7200rpm external that works with MBP 8,2?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by michiganitis, Jan 3, 2013.

  1. michiganitis macrumors newbie

    Sep 4, 2011
    I have a Early 2011 Macbook Pro (8,2). I'm looking for a speedy external harddrive to do video editing with. My internal drive is a 256GB OCZ Agility 3 SSD...not a lot of space to store video. So I'd like a fast external.

    Problem is, the few Firewire 800, 7200 rpm external drives I've found on Amazon all have TERRIBLE reviews when used with Macs. For some reason, none of these things from Buffalo or Western Digital seem to work with Macs, according to Amazon reviews.

    Can anyone recommend a 1 TB external with Firewire 800 and 7200rpm that would be good for video editing, that also works on a Mac 8,2 Early 2011 running the latest OS X?

  2. Ccrew macrumors 68020

    Feb 28, 2011
    WD MyStudio II

    You shouldn't get fixated on 7200rpm, as the 796mb full duplex throughput on FW800 is going to be the bottleneck long before the drive speed is.
  3. SkyRaider macrumors newbie


    Dec 24, 2012
    Hampshire, UK
  4. Ploki macrumors 68030

    Jan 21, 2008
    I doubt it, not all drives go over 100mb/s, and even those that too gradually drop speed as you fill them up.

    Still, for 2011 MBP I'd highly suggest a thunderbolt raid0 solution.

    dual Velociraptors sounds fun.
  5. michiganitis thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 4, 2011
    I'd love a thunderbolt raid0 drive...but they're just a bit out of my budget. :(
  6. Ploki macrumors 68030

    Jan 21, 2008
    Take a look at OWC solutions, you could use a TB>eSATA converter, use an OWC mercury double for 2.5" drives and use 2x WD Scorpio Blue and still get around 160mb/s speed.
  7. davidlv macrumors 65816

    Apr 5, 2009
    Kyoto, Japan
    OWC has drives;
    and cases you can match yourself.
    case alone at the bottom of the list.
    I have one, works great. They ship internationally too.
  8. Idefix macrumors 6502

    Jul 10, 2012

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